Lenovo Vibe Shot is an optimistic move from the K3 Note maker for impressing the photography-loving consumers. The phone was tipped to release in India this week, but for some unknown reasons, Lenovo has postponed it for a later date.
Unlike the latest available smartphones like A6000, A6000 Plus, A7000 and K3 Note, Lenovo Vibe Shot is not a budget smartphone, rather it comes with a premium-built quality and a decent pair of cameras.
In a recent Lenovo event, we were able to use the phone for a couple of hours and here is our first impression.
Unlike currently available Lenovo phones in India, Vibe Shot comes with a premium-built with chrome finished metallic frame. The rear cover of the uni-body device is made of polycarbonate material precisely for making it a decent looking smartphone.
Apart from the regular volume rocker and power button, Vibe Shot includes a dedicated hardware camera shutter button and a slider to switch between Auto and Pro mode.
The speaker grille has been housed at the bottom of the device. The device is comfortable to hold and use for a long period of time.
Lenovo Vibe Shot packs a five-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 pixels display and offers balanced colours while in use. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop overlaid with home baked Vibe UI interface, Vibe Shot is functionally similar to all other Lenovo-made smartphones.
Under the hood, the device packs a Snapdragon octa-core 615 SoC backed with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage expandable up to 128GB. Out of 32GB, the OS consumes 6.62GB, meaning around 25GB of device storage is left for users' consumption.
The USP of Vibe Shot is its cameras and the features it offers. On the back, it features a 16MP, f/2.2 camera sensor with a tri-LED flash, while packing an 8MP snapper on the front.
Unlike all other Vibe UI featured smartphones, Vibe Shot offers plenty of controls with a handful of decent presets. The Pro camera mode offers plenty of manual controls including EV, ISO, White Balance and a few other required controls, which come handy to those comfortable with DSLR controls. If you don't have that much of knowledge about photography, there is an auto mode for every given control also.
The camera focus is quick and it easily tracks the subject. We found it quite handy while clicking macros, wide angle and telephoto images.
On the top of these, Vibe Shot also comes with a few interesting presets like Creative Lighting, City Traffic, Star Trails and Light Beside You. We tried the Creative Lighting and Lights Beside You features in our hands-on session and found them pretty effective. Though light painting is not a new thing for pro photographers, it will surely impress the amateurs.
The display and the processor of the device is identical to Xiaomi's Mi 4i. Hence we expect the device to be priced in mid-budget category. Of course, you can't expect it to be available under Rs 15,000 for the decent camera, interface and 3GB RAM, which offers a decent usability experience.